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Harvard School District 50 to offer new after-school program

A new after-school program available to Harvard families promises to engage children academically while encouraging them to explore new activities with their peers.

Beginning in October, Harvard School District 50 will open enrollment for REACH – the district’s latest after-school program.

Named after the services it offers – recreation, enrichment, academics, community and health and wellness – REACH is structured to include learning activities and recreation, according to a news release.

The program was designed and implemented by Courtney Fejedelem, the district’s director of extended day programming and enrichment. It will be piloted at Crosby Elementary School, with additional sessions to be added to Jefferson Elementary and Harvard High School throughout the school year, according to the release.

“This isn’t day care. Participants will have structured, educational and recreational experiences devised by teachers,” Fejedelem said in an official statement. “The program will be a terrific place for students to try new activities and have fun with their peers.”

After-school sessions will run until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Students will receive a daily snack, homework support and transportation, according to the release.

Enrollment for the first session begins Oct. 7. Fees are $50 a student or $25 for direct-certified students per five-week session.

District 50 is seeking community members to work with students one to two days a week as part-time instructors.

“We know there’s an immense pool of expertise in our community that we want to connect with our students,” Fejedelem said.

For information about REACH, visit www.CUSD50.org.

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